We recognize her great loss and her great bravery in reaching this point.” Officiant to Widow’s Friends (or friends and family): “I now invite ____________’s friends to share what strengths they see in ____________ that will help her to take this step into the next chapter of her life.” [Friends share] Officiant to Widow: “___________, what do you see in yourself that will help you on the road ahead?
And is there something you would like to share that you learned from your late spouse, which will help you in this next chapter of life?
When it comes time to stop wearing your ring, one option is to have it remade into a different piece of jewelry you can continue wearing, like a pendant or a pin.
Consult a jeweler experienced in remaking jewelry about how you can transform your wedding ring into a beautiful heirloom that will be a reminder of your marriage but allow you to move forward in your life.
Help her to know that she need not remain in her time of despair.” Officiant: “Please open up ___________’s heart, allow her to release her feelings of regret, guilt and fear that bind her to the past.
Help her know that her love for her late spouse will always be there, yet she can now allow new life to flow into her heart.” Officiant: “G-d accept __________’s grief as a gift into your hands. While feelings of grief can visit us throughout our lives, please honor all the grieving __________ has done thus far.
Help her to step forward and to refocus the deeds of her hands on her own creativity and of building her life anew.”, with love and compassion, as you have been by __________’s side through her journey of grief, a journey that includes a wellspring of emotions from despair to anger because her spouse is no longer by her side.When you lose your spouse, it may be difficult to part with that concrete reminder of your loved one.There is no established etiquette for a single widow regarding whether she should keep wearing her wedding ring.I significantly adapted verses 3-5 because they focus on evildoers that the psalmist is struggling with; I reworked these lines to focus on the widow’s struggles in a way that would better meet her needs.Despite my translation choice, I in no way mean to imply that grief and despair is evil, rather it is a healthy means sad.When a widow decides to enter into a new marriage, she should be able to let go of this link to her past relationship.Holding on to such an emotion-filled piece of jewelry can cause unnecessary tension in a new marriage, where a new spouse needs to know that he now comes first.For many widows, wearing their ring helps them feel that they still have a bond with their deceased husband.Some widows switch their ring to their right hand, so they are still wearing a reminder of their spouse but it doesn't signify a continued marriage bond.There's no reason your ring needs to sit in a box forever after you stop wearing it.Pass your ring on to children or grandchildren when they marry, or offer to have it remade into a new wedding ring for them to use.